Guardians of the Gulf: The Coast Guard in Operation Iraqi Freedom
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Guardians of the Gulf: The Coast Guard in Operation Iraqi Freedom. First Overseas Combat Deployment of USCG Patrol Boats Since Vietnam Response to a Request for Forces from Central Command Depth of water in Northern Arabian Gulf Placed Limitations on Reach of Larger Naval Combatants
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Guardians of the Gulf: The Coast Guard in Operation Iraqi Freedom

  • First Overseas Combat Deployment of USCG Patrol Boats Since Vietnam

  • Response to a Request for Forces from Central Command

    • Depth of water in Northern Arabian Gulf Placed Limitations on Reach of Larger Naval Combatants

    • No Navy Patrol Boat Capability

Slide 2

USCG Forces in the Northern Arabian Gulf

  • 4 110-Foot WPBs

  • USCGC BOUTWELL

  • USCGC WALNUT

  • 2 LEDETs

  • 3 Port Security Units

Slide 3

March 20th: Initial Combat Operations

  • Commenced Early Morning

  • Al Faw Peninsula

  • Gas and Oil Platforms

Slide 4

WPBs and PSUs Support GOPLATS Operations

  • ADAK (WPB 1333)

  • BARANOF (WPB 1318)

Slide 5

PSU 313 and Force Protection on Oil Terminals

Slide 6

March 21st: “Five-Inch Friday”

Slide 7

Iraqi Patrol Boat Destroyed

Slide 8

Capturing Iraqi Maritime POWs

  • Crew of Destroyed Iraqi PB-90

  • Three Republican Guard Warrant Officers

Slide 9

Downed Royal Navy Helicopters

Slide 10

Iraqi Mine Laying Tugs

Slide 11

Khawr Abd Allah Waterway

Slide 12

March 22nd: Minesweeping Operations

Slide 13

March 23rd: PSU 311 in Umm Qasr, Iraq

Slide 14

March 28th: First Humanitarian Aid Vessel into Iraq

Slide 15

Early April: Weapons Cache and Suicide Boat

Slide 16

April: Walnut ATON Work

Slide 17

Maritime Interception Ops

Slide 18

Mission Success

  • PSUs

  • WPBs

  • PATFORSWA

  • WALNUT

  • BOUTWELL

Slide 19

Conclusion


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